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After Amsterdam, Leiden is the city with the most canals.

An excellent way to see Leiden is from the water, and the Leiden city cruises are a good choice. But, if you prefer, you can also rent a boat.

Leiden’s canals flow past the museums, the almshouses and the city’s many historic buildings, all with their imposing façades. You will also find many delightful cafés and restaurants lining Leiden’s canals, some with terraces directly on the water.

Leiden is also a good starting point for many daytrips in the area. The Kaag and Braassemmermeer are very close by and you can also travel by boat to towns like Katwijk, Delft and even Rotterdam.

Maybe you have your own boat?

Leiden is easily accessible if you have your own boat. The sides of the canals are low so you can moor almost anywhere. There are jetties for barges at strategic points, and moorings are available alongside many of the quaysides. Please take note that some of Leiden’s bridges are rather low.

Leiden has two harbours for passing travellers. The one near the Beestenmarkt is for daytrippers; overnight stops are not possible. If you would like to stay overnight, there is the harbour on the outskirts of the city centre, next to the Zijlpoort. This harbor can only be reached from the east side, via the Zijl, the Rijn-Schie canal and the Old Rijn.

For more information about the harbour, you can contact the harbour office on telephone number: 071 – 521 96 75.

Boat rental and tours